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"Let it Roll" is a podcast about the history of popular music from the 19th Century to the 21st. Proud part of Pantheon - the podcast network for music lovers.

"Let it Roll" is a podcast about the history of popular music from the 19th Century to the 21st. Proud part of Pantheon - the podcast network for music lovers.

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United States

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Podcasts

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"Let it Roll" is a podcast about the history of popular music from the 19th Century to the 21st. Proud part of Pantheon - the podcast network for music lovers.

Language:

English


Episodes

Technoroll: The History of DJ-Based Music - Reggae, Disco, Hip-Hop, House, Techno, EDM and Beyond

3/4/2021
Today hosts Nate Wilcox and Ryan Harkness are joined by producer Stephie Haynes to introduce the series and our main source book “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life - The History of the Disc Jockey” by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton. In this episode, Nate, Ryan and Steph discuss their personal history with dance music and the introductory chapter of "Last Night A DJ Saved My Life", the connection it makes between DJs and shamans, DJs and conductors and DJs and musicians. Let It Roll is proud...

Duration:00:56:39

New Edition & New Kids On The Block Perfected It, *NSYNC & Backstreet Boys Capitalized On It: The Boy Band Formula

3/1/2021
Host Nate Wilcox speaks with Maria Sherman author of "Larger Than Life: A History of Boy Bands from NKOTB to BTS" for a discussion of the history of Boy Bands from Franz Listz, Frank Sinatra, The Beatles and the Jackson 5 to K-Pop. Most of the conversation focuses on Maurice Starr's 80's groups New Edition and New Kids on the Block and Lou Pearlman's *NSYNC and The Backstreet Boys. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.

Duration:00:55:59

ICYMI: Isaac Hayes, The Bar-Kays, Staple Singers and Al Bell Boom and Bust with Stax Records

2/25/2021
Here's the conclusion of Nate Wilcox's discussion about Stax Records with Robert Gordon author of "Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion." Today's conversation focuses on Al Bell's years at the helm of Stax. From the dizzying highs of Isaac Hayes' Shaft and the immense success of the WattsStax concert, film and album to the sad end of Memphis' greatest record company. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.

Duration:01:02:55

Jimmy Page Before Led Zeppelin: Session Man & Yardbird

2/22/2021
By the time he formed Led Zeppelin in 1968, Jimmy Page was a rock and roll veteran with years of touring, gigs as a hired gun session man and a member of The Yardbirds under his belt. He applied the lessons he learned in the trenches to form the mightiest band of the rock era. Host Nate Wilcox discusses Jimmy Page with author Brad Tolinski, who has interviewed Page more than anyone else alive. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.

Duration:00:58:22

ICYMI: Booker T. & the MGs, Sam & Dave, Otis Redding All Brought to us by Stax Records

2/18/2021
In this re-cast from 2019, host Nate Wilcox and Robert Gordon discuss the birth and rapid rise of Stax Records, the early hits of Booker T & the MGs, Otis Redding, and Carla Thomas, as well as the political, social and racial context of Memphis, Tennessee in the 1960s. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.

Duration:00:58:59

How Willie Nelson, Doug Sahm, Stevie Ray Vaughan, SXSW and ACL Fest Turned Austin into the ATX

2/15/2021
Host Nate Wilcox welcomes back author Joe Nick Patoski to tell us how musicians like Doug Sahm, Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Butthole Surfers kicked off the transformation that turned a sleepy college town into ATX, the home of Austin City Limits and South by Southwest. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.

Duration:01:51:30

ICYMI: Ice-T, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre Triggered a Media Backlash

2/11/2021
We're re-casting Nate Wilcox's second 2019 interview with Dan Charnas about his book "The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip Hop.” In this episode, Dan tells Nate about the emergence of West Coast gangsta rap and the massive PR kerfluffles that followed the release of "Cop Killer" by Ice T's heavy metal band Body Count. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.

Duration:00:47:56

Chess Records Brought Chicago Blues, Rock & Roll and Soul to the World

2/8/2021
Host Nate Wilcox welcomes Nadine Cohodas author of "Spinning Blues Into Gold: The Chess Brothers and the Legendary Chess Records" to discuss the storied label. They cover the Chicago Blues and Rock and Roll that earned the label much of its fame but focus much of their attention on Etta James, Fontella Bass and other legends of soul music who cut for Chess in the 50s and 60s. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.

Duration:01:04:07

ICYMI: Jerry Lee Lewis Got a Second Act at the Star Club

2/4/2021
In this re-cast of our 2019 interview, host Nate Wilcox talks with author Joe Bonomo about the rise, fall and comeback of rockabilly icon Jerry Lee Lewis with a particular focus on his album “Live at the Star-Club.” They cover Jerry’s amazing early hits, his fall from grace, long years in the wilderness, how he came to record a live album at the German club the Beatles made famous, and the current debate about re-evaluating artists in light of the #metoo movement.

Duration:00:49:32

Gram Parsons' Disastrous Career Made Him a Legend

2/1/2021
Host Nate Wilcox welcomes Gram Parsons biographer David N. Meyer to discuss Parsons' tragic life and innovative music. Nate and David discuss Gram's unique family circumstances, his beginnings as a teen rocker, transition to wannabe folkie, the International Submarine Band, the Byrds & Sweetheart of the Rodeo, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Emmylou Harris and Parson's tragic death. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.

Duration:01:03:14

ICYMI: Sugarhill & Def Jam Brought Us Grandmaster Flash, LL Cool J, the Beastie Boys and Public Enemy

1/28/2021
We're re-casting host Nate Wilcox's 2019 interview with author Dan Charnas about his book “The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip Hop.” Dan and Nate talk about two of the legendary record companies from Hip Hop’s early years: Sugarhill Records and Def Jam. They discuss Sylvia and Joe Robinson’s background in the world of old school R&B and how those practices carried over into the 1980s. They also dive deep into the unlikely partnership between Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin and...

Duration:01:01:30

ICYMI: John, Paul, George & Ringo Couldn't Escape the Beatles

1/25/2021
We're re-posting host Nate Wilcox's 2019 interview with Peter Doggett author of, “You Never Give Me Your Money: The Beatles After the Breakup.” In this episode, Peter tells Nate about Allen Klein, Yoko Ono, Apple Corps and all the other webs that ensared The Beatles after their breakup. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.

Duration:01:00:44

ICYMI: Phil Spector - The Music and the Madness

1/21/2021
In our first ever two hour episode, host Nate Wilcox interviews Mick Brown to get the story of Phil Spector, a man who had reached the pinnacle of the music world by age 23, went on to produce the Beatles and is now rotting in prison. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.

Duration:02:04:43

ICYMI: Muddy Waters, His Life & Times

1/18/2021
A re-casting of Nate Wilcox's interview with author Robert Gordon, discussing his book "I Can't Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters." In this episode, Robert and Nate discuss the epic life story of perhaps the most iconic American bluesman of all, from Muddy's beginnings at the Stovall Plantation in the Mississippi Delta, his first recordings for the Library of Congress, his move to Chicago and role in pioneering electric blues, all the way to his influence on the British blues...

Duration:01:05:18

ICYMI: The Beatles ended Rock & Roll and began Rock

1/14/2021
Elijah Wald makes the case for the role of the Beatles (and other leading musicians of their generation like Bob Dylan and the Beach Boys) in inadvertently ending the process of synthesis and cross-pollination that led to the evolution of rock and roll. Let It Roll is Proud to be a part of the Pantheon Podcast Network.

Duration:01:00:43

Wu-Tang Clan, Nas and Notorious B.I.G. Brought NYC Back: We Dig Hip-Hop Evolution

1/11/2021
Host Nate Wilcox and his cohorts Alexei Auld and Eugene S. Robinson discuss season 2, episode 4 of Hip-Hop Evolution "A New York State of Mind" which covers Nas, the Wu-Tang Clan and Biggie Smalls aka The Notorious B.I.G. This is the last episode of our first mini-series on Hip-Hop Evolution. Eugene and Alexei will be back to discuss the 3rd and 4th seasons with Nate later in 2021. Let It Roll is Proud to be a part of the Pantheon Podcast Network.

Duration:00:55:46

ICYMI: The Biz Was Quick to Exploit Kurt Cobain's Death with an Army of Nirvana Clones

1/7/2021
This is a re-broadcast of Nate Wilcox's 2018 interview with author Adam Caress, to discuss his book, “The Day Alternative Music Died: the Struggle between Art and Money for the Soul of Rock”. Adam makes the case that the death of Kurt Cobain led to an instant revision of music history, and attempts to remind us of what the actual state of “alternative”* music was in the halcyon days of the early 1990s before grunge was codified as a simple to copy formula that was relentlessly promoted by...

Duration:01:05:36

Tribe Called Quest & De La Soul Led the Native Tongues: We Dig Hip-Hop Evolution

1/4/2021
Host Nate Wilcox and his cohorts Alexei Auld and Eugene S. Robinson discuss season 2, episode 3 of Hip Hop Evolution "Do The Knowledge" which returns to New York to cover The Bridge Wars and Native Tongues groups like De La Soul and Tribe Called Quest. Let It Roll is Proud to be a part of the Pantheon Podcast Network.

Duration:01:04:33

ICYMI: Robert Johnson Stood Outside the Mainstream of 1930s Blues

12/31/2020
This is a re-posting of Nate Wilcox's 2018 interview with author Elijah Wald about his book “Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues” In this episode, Elijah explains his ground-breaking revisionist history of the blues, why Robert Johnson was virtually ignored by blues fans of his own era and how he emerged as a legend in the 1960's and beyond. Let It Roll is Proud to be a part of the Pantheon Podcast Network.

Duration:00:42:37

Too $hort, MC Hammer, E-40, Digital Underground & 2Pac Brought the Bay: We Dig Hip-Hop Evolution

12/28/2020
Host Nate Wilcox and his cohorts Alexei Auld and Eugene S. Robinson discuss the second episode of Hip Hop Evolution’s second season, “Out The Trunk: The Bay" which takes us to Northern California to talk about Too Short, MC Hammer, Digital Underground and a young 2Pac Shakur. Let It Roll is Proud to be a part of the Pantheon Podcast Network.

Duration:00:59:14